The effort was there, but the results were not.
That was the word from Winterhawks head coach Jim Grieve after his team dropped the opening two games of their best-of-seven WOAA Sr. “AA” quarterfinal series with the Durham Thundercats, both by one-goal margins.
“We’re getting to know them a lot better, we’re still doing all the right things, so I’m quite comfortable we’re going to get back in this series,” said Grieve.
It starts Friday night in Durham, where the Winterhawks will now have to win two games if they are to prevail in this series.
If there’s an area the Winterhawks need to pay particular attention to, it’s staying out of the penalty box.
Durham’s power play was ranked 1st in the league during the regular season, and they have already scored five goals with the man advantage through the first two games of the series.
For their part, the Winterhawks power play has been heating up, after going 0-for-3 in Game 1, the Winterhawks struck twice in Game 2 and will likely be required to keep that pace up to get back in the series.
With their season on the line, and at least two wins out of three required this weekend, Grieve wants to see some desperation from his team.
“The effort has definitely been there, so maybe instead of 100%, maybe we need to ramp it up to 100%,” said Grieve.
For what it’s worth Grieve feels his team is close to breaking out.
“We’re still getting to the good parts of the ice and getting shots, so there’s nothing to worry about yet,” said Grieve. “Hopefully pucks start going in for us.”
Game 3 goes Friday night in Durham at 8:30 p.m., Game 4 is in Port Elgin on Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and if necessary, Game 5 will be Sunday in Durham at 1:30 p.m.